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LeBlanc steps down as men’s soccer coach

Thu, 2019-12-12 13:36

Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons announced today that men's soccer coach Marlon LeBlanc has resigned from his position effective Dec. 30, 2019. Lyons said a national search for his replacement will begin immediately.

WVU reinforces humanities studies through creative research and fellowships

Thu, 2019-12-12 13:15

Not all purposeful research stems from machines and algorithms. It can emerge from literary texts, artwork and…online dating sites. 

The Humanities Center at West Virginia University is reinforcing the relevance of humanistic inquiry and research devoted to the study of human thought, culture and history. And it’s highlighting how learning the skills and thinking to thrive in today’s globalized society is more important than ever. 

Donors contribute $92K to WVU Foundation 2019 Pride Travel Fund

Thu, 2019-12-12 11:15

Nearly 600 donors contributed $92,000 to the West Virginia University Foundation's Pride Travel Fund this fall to support the Mountaineer Marching Band.

The yearly fundraising effort was established to reduce travel expenses for the band, which include hotels, transportation, and food for more than 350 members and staff.

Memorial fund established by Coach Huggins advances West Virginia cancer care

Wed, 2019-12-11 09:30

Dorothy Bolyard credits divine intervention for the rare moment of klutziness that changed her life. An unexpected collision with a doorway at home led Bolyard to discover a lump in her breast, which turned out to be cancerous.

Bolyard’s doctor referred her to the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, where she participated in a clinical research trial – one of hundreds conducted with support from the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund – that reduced her treatment time and offered insight to benefit future patients. 

WVU Brownfields grants to breathe new life into abandoned properties statewide

Tue, 2019-12-10 12:00

From an old train depot to empty buildings dotting a town square, the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University hopes to revive communities through its latest string of redevelopment grants. 

Nine West Virginia communities will each benefit from a $5,000 grant award, made possible by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, to redevelop abandoned and dilapidated industrial sites. The awards are part of the 2019-2020 Foundations for Overcoming Challenges and Utilizing Strengths West Virginia Brownfields Program, which helps communities create a redevelopment vision for brownfield properties.

Record number of colleges, universities advance to West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition semi-finals

Mon, 2019-12-09 15:45

Eighteen state colleges and universities will be represented in the 2019-2020 West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition semifinals, with a total of 31 teams moving onto the next stage of the competition. 

Semifinalist colleges and universities include Alderson Broaddus University, Bluefield State College, Blueridge Community & Technical College, Concord University, Davis & Elkins College, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Marshall University, Ohio Valley University, Pierpont Community & Technical College, Potomac State College, Shepherd University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College and WVU Institute of Technology.

Clean water and compassion: A recipe to rebuild a hurricane-ravaged island

Mon, 2019-12-09 11:15

Somewhere on the island of Barbuda is a 67-year-old man sleeping on a crooked lawn chair inside a tent. 

George Jeffrey is one of many residents who lost their homes to the wrath of Hurricane Irma, the Category 5 mega-storm that decimated 95 percent of the island’s buildings and infrastructure in September 2017. 

WVU engineering professor named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Fri, 2019-12-06 08:30

Greg Thompson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, which is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. 

The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.